title:Abigail’s: No Ghosts Here! author:Ron Kirstein source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/travel_and_leisure/article_1540.shtml date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:20 category:travel_and_leisure article:

Lots of the older eating places and lodging in Victoria, or even the Royal Victoria Golfing Route have ghost tales connected to them. Visitors of Abigail’s Lodge continuously ask for the ghost tale and the extremely accommodating team of workers would really like to inform them one. Sadly, the ghosts have now not been coming near near.
Abigail’s Lodge is perched at the fringe of downtown Victoria, only a stone’s throw from the Inside Harbour and it’s really one in every of Victoria’s best possible stored secrets and techniques. Neatly now not any further! I’m letting the cat out of the bag! I’ve lived right here for over two decades and pushed via numerous instances, each and every time questioning what it was once like. I’ve been in a lot of stately outdated resorts they usually had been all great, however continuously disappointing. Now not so with Abigail’s.
After we pressure previous the doorway to the resort, we straight away understand the well-kept English gardens. Passing between the Trainer Space and the Inn, each structures glance very an identical. In the beginning look, lets now not inform that they had been constructed 50 years aside. We park and are straight away greeted via Tomas, the tremendous pleasant front-desk attendant. He guides us to our room and entirely informs us concerning the resort and the products and services. Breakfast in mattress sounds interesting, however we go for breakfast with the opposite visitors.
Our room is spacious and embellished with near to each amenity lets ever want. Is it the scrumptious welcoming cookies, the comfy sofa in entrance of the fireside, the 4 poster mattress, or the marble ensuite rest room with Jacuzzi and rain-head bathe? Our room is embellished with wealthy nation furniture, goose down quilt and pillows, silk bedspread, and fancy throw pillows. It’s sumptuous and really relaxed.
The library in the principle construction is a gathering position and between 5 and 7 o’clock, refreshments and complimentary hors d’oeuvres are to be had. In a little while, we meet pleasant other people from Louisiana, Nevada, Ontario, and Alberta. Tomas is to hand taking care of us.
For supper, we take a brief stroll downtown, not more than 3 or 4 brief blocks. We consult with the highly regarded Noodle Space to determine what the entire fuss is ready. Neatly, now not what we expected, however a novel enjoy and really tasty meals! I didn’t be expecting spoiling my spouse with chopsticks and a takeout cardboard field, however not anything is just too excellent for my Queen!
Within the morning, we sit down right down to a excellent connoisseur breakfast. A big desk seats many of the visitors. Arriving past due, we sit down at a desk for 4 and are quickly joined via a tender couple from Oregon. Abigail’s is designed and operated in order that other people can simply have interaction with each and every different, including to the joy of the consult with. In case you come for privateness, the spacious rooms can also be your personal hide-away and you’ll order you breakfast in mattress!
After breakfast, Marion Hansen (basic supervisor) takes us on a excursion of the resort. Every room is exclusive, but all have the similar particular touches that make Abigail’s distinctive. All the team of workers, from advertising, control, home tasks and eating are so pleasant and useful. It’s arduous to consider why someone would keep any place else.
You’ll inform how a lot they care, particularly when Marion tells us how they invite one of the most neighbors over for Christmas dinner. The landlord’s philosophy is indubitably properly entrenched in all the team of workers and is obvious within the care and a spotlight to element in each the resort design and magnificence in addition to within the provider supplied to visitors.
After we take a look at, we’re introduced with a small present bag containing a two bottles of water, treats and a guidebook to different “make a selection lodging”. Operating in tourism makes me actually recognize the companies that take it significantly. This trade has really earned its “5 stars”.
So, now it’s time to play vacationer! Our selection for the day is to consult with the Victoria Artwork Gallery. The Artwork Gallery is solely mins from Abigail’s and is within historical Spencer Mansion within the Rockland community. We cross there as a result of there may be an exhibition of the artwork of Takao Tanabe, an artist born in Seal Cove, British Columbia. The artist is a recipient of a number of primary awards and is across the world famend. His artwork supplies a novel view of land, sea and sky obvious in his expansive and lovely panorama art work. The bold measurement of his art work items an awe-inspiring imaginative and prescient of Canada and specifically the West Coast.
We proceed our exploration via heading out to Sidney via the Sea for lunch. Since we’ve got hit many of the native eating places, we’re in search of a brand new enjoy. A chum had discussed the Dakota eating place on the Victoria Flying Membership, so we test it out! From our desk, we will see out onto the runway, so during lunch quite a few planes taxi somewhat shut via. We heard the breakfasts had been award successful and in finding that they serve breakfast at the weekends all day lengthy. We make our variety and revel in an excellent lunch.
After lunch, we discover Sidney and do a little buying groceries and traveling. At the means house, I mirror on our fabulous keep at Abigail’s. I’m occupied with ghost tales that I may just make up for inquiring minds. The truth is, they simply don’t want a ghost. Abigail’s sells herself!
via Ron Kirstein, edited via Linda Kirstein and Lisa Cole

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